Leila McConnell

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Leila  McConnell New Planet Above the Rainbow
New Planet Above the Rainbow, 1968
oil on canvas
26.5 x 22 in
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Leila  McConnell Bullseye
Bullseye, 2015
mixed media collage
13.5 x 9.5 in
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Leila  McConnell Calm Day
Calm Day, 2012
oil on canvas
35.5 x 45.5 in
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Leila  McConnell Collage _ 165
Collage # 165, 1987
collage
7.25 x 4.25 in
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Leila  McConnell Golden Glow
Golden Glow, 12/6/13
collage
12 x 10 in
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Leila  McConnell Landscape
Landscape, 1961
oil on canvas
24 x 30 in
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Leila  McConnell Mood
Mood, 2015
oil on canvas
40 x 30 in
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Leila  McConnell Myrtle
Myrtle, 1949
oil on canvas
24 x 16 in
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Leila  McConnell Orange Sunrise
Orange Sunrise, 2008
collage
9.5 x 7.5 in
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Leila  McConnell Pale Fruit
Pale Fruit, 1954
oil on masonite
24 x 30 in
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Leila  McConnell Poles of the Mountain
Poles of the Mountain, 1979
oil on canvas
48 x 36 in
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Leila  McConnell Something New
Something New, 1/6/12
collage
12 x 9.5 in
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Leila  McConnell Something in the Future
Something in the Future, 2008
collage
9.5 x 7.5 in
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Leila  McConnell Strange Night
Strange Night, 6/6/08
collage
10 x 8 in
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Leila  McConnell Sun and Moon
Sun and Moon, 1967
oil on canvas
16 x 12 in
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Leila  McConnell The Gold Leaf
The Gold Leaf, 2015
oil on canvas
48 x 48 in
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Leila  McConnell The Time Between
The Time Between, 11/11/11
collage
10 x 8 in
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Leila  McConnell Tributary
Tributary, 1985
oil on canvas
30 x 48 in
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Leila  McConnell Untitled
Untitled, 1986
oil on canvas
48 x 36 in
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Leila  McConnell Untitled
Untitled, 2015
oil on canvas
30 x 25 in
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Leila  McConnell Untitled (yellow_ orange and black)
Untitled (yellow, orange and black), 2015
oil on canvas
48 x 36 in
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Leila  McConnell

Leila McConnell

Leila McConnell Description

LEILA MCCONNELL (b. 1927)

Leila McConnell was born in Los Angeles, California. Her family moved to Houston when she was six and, after graduating from high school, she enrolled at Rice Institute (now Rice University). At the time, Rice had no department of architecture but McConnell sought inspiration from iconic professor, James Chillman. According to McConnell, Chillman had the greatest influence on her sense of design, proportion, and the ability to actually see her art. Studying freehand drawing, design, watercolor, art, and architectural history under Chillman, McConnell excelled. After earning her bachelor of arts degree from Rice, she continued her art studies at the Museum School (now Glassell School) at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

McConnell had impeccable academic training and her early paintings, both oil and pastel, were very realistic. The majority of her subject matter was either still life, figure studies, or portraits. In the summer of 1949, she attended the San Francisco School of Fine Arts and was fortunate to study under Mark Rothko. His vision and innovative instruction marked McConnell’s shift away from the realism that had previously dominated her works. After her classes with Rothki, she began to paint more abstract pieces, creating an imaginary girl in watercolor.

Realizing that she had a vivid imagination, McConnell embarked on a trip to Europe in 1960. The stucco buildings of Italy greatly impacted her vision and caused a change in her paintings. Her colors became soft and blended, often misty and portraying a sun or moon, causing the artist to deem many of her works “sky paintings.”

In 1976, McConnell began creating paper collages, a diversion from her painted works. Though small, her collages impacted the way McConnell created her paintings—her edges became harder, mixed with the mistiness of her skies and her compositions became more symmetrical. McConnell continues to paint in her unique style and develop her oeuvre of “sky” pieces.

Selected Biographical and Career Highlights

  • 1927 Born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1948 BA, Rice University, Houston, Texas
  • 1949 BS, Architecture, Rice University, Houston, Texas
  • 1949 San Francisco School of Fine Arts, San Francisco, California
  • 1950–68 Instructor, Museum School, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
  • 1954–59 Worked for Houston architect, Hamilton Brown
  • 1956 Married artist, Henri Gadbois
  • 1960 Visited Italy
  • Resides in Houston, Texas

Selected Prizes, Awards

·       Houston Annual: Materials Prize 1954

  • 1954 Materials Prize, Stella, oil

Selected Exhibitions

·       1949–51 24th–26th Annual Exhibition of Work by Houston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1951 13th Annual Exhibition of Texas Painting and Sculpture 1951–1952, circulated: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas

·       1952–55 27th–30th Annual Exhibition of Works by Houston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (prize 1954)

·       1955 31st Annual Exhibition of Houston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1957–60 32nd–35th Annual Houston Artists Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1958 Texas Oil ’58, A Salute to the Oil Industry of the State by Texas Painters, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, traveled to: Bank of the Southwest, Houston; Dallas Public Library, Dallas; Republic National Bank of Dallas, Texas (catalogue)

·       DuBose Gallery, Houston, Texas

·       Leslie Muth Gallery, Houston, Texas

·       1959 21st Annual Texas Painting and Sculpture Exhibition 1959–1960, circulated: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Witte Museum, San Antonio; Beaumont Art Museum, Beaumont; Museum, Texas Tech, Lubbock; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1961 23rd Annual Texas Painting and Sculpture Exhibition 1961–1962, circulated: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Witte Museum, San Antonio; Beaumont Art Museum, Beaumont; Museum, Texas Tech, Lubbock, Texas

·       1962–63 Museum School Faculty Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

·       1964 26th Annual Texas Painting and Sculpture Exhibition 1964–1965, circulated: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Beaumont Art Museum, Beaumont; Witte Museum, San Antonio; Texas Western College, El Paso; University of Texas at Austin, Texas

·       1986 Leila McConnell: Collage to Canvas—New Works of Paper & Paintings, Plain Folk Gallery, Houston, Texas

·       2004 A Selection of Art Made in Houston 1950-1965, Brazos Projects, Brazos Bookstore, Houston, Texas

·       2004–05 Rice Institute and the Visual Arts in Houston: 19001960, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, Texas

·       2006 Houston Art in Houston Collections: Works from 1900 to 1965, Heritage Society Museum, Houston, Texas

·       2006–07 Of This Vast State: Women Artists of Texas , 1900–1960, Women’s Museum, Dallas, Texas

·       2007 Timeless: A Retrospective of Selected Women Artists of Texas, 1940 to Present, David Dike Fine Art, Dallas, Texas; William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas; Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas

·       2007–08 Urban Texas: Changing Images of an Evolving State, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas

·       2008 Founders of Houston Art: Thirty Artists Who Led the Way, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2009 Back to the Future: Elements of “Modern” in Mid-Century Texas Art, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2009 Leila McConnell and Henri Gadbois: Side by Side, O’Kane Gallery, University of Houston/Downtown, Houston, Texas

·       2010 Third Anniversary Show: A Tribute to Houston Artists, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2010 Pioneering Women: Three Modernists in Houston—Dorothy Hood, Leila McConnell, Stella Sullivan, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2010 The Presence of Light: Sky and Light in the Texas Landscape, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2010 Texas Collages: A Tribute to Kurt Schwitters, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2011 Southeast Texas Art: Cross-Currents and Influences, 1925–1965, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, Texas

·       2011 Lone Star Modernism: A Celebration of Mid-Century Texas Art, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2011 Portrait of Houston: 1900–2011, Alliance Gallery, Houston Arts Alliance, Houston, Texas (catalogue)

·       2011 Breakthrough: Sixty Years of Texas Abstraction, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2012 A Survey of Texas Modernists, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2013 A Tribute to Texas Rivers, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2013 Rhythms of Modernism, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2013 Summer Encore Exhibition, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

·       2014 Houston Founders at City Hall Art Exhibition, City Hall, Houston, Texas

·       2014 A New Visual Vocabulary: Developments in Texas Modernism 1935-1965, One Allen Center, Lobby Gallery, Houston, Texas

·       2015 Bayou City Chic: Progressive Streams of Modern Art in Houston, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas (catalogue)

Selected Public Collections

  • Menil Collection, Houston, Texas
  • Old Jail House Art Center, Albany, Texas

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